- Also baudekin. Textiles. a silk brocade interwoven with gold or silver threads, used chiefly for ceremonial purposes.
- Architecture. a permanent ornamental canopy, as above a freestanding altar or throne.
- a portable canopy carried in religious processions.
Also bal·dac·chi·no, bal·da·chi·no [bal-duh-kee-noh] /ˌbæl dəˈki noʊ/, bal·da·quin.
Origin of baldachin
1250–1300; earlier baldakin < Medieval Latin baldakinus < Italian baldacchino, equivalent to Baldacc(o) Baghdad (famous as a source of silk brocades) + -ino -ine1
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Examples from the Web for baldachin
Two of the biggest, sir, stood in the adytum to form the baldachin over the Ark.Sixes and Sevens
He placed it neatly on the crown-shaped ornament in the centre of the baldachin.The Red and the Black
Its interior will be of pure gold, very massive, and it hath a Baldachin of velvet, embroidered with our ducal arms.The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci
Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
It is probable that these columns belonged originally to the baldachin over the high altar.
The most striking object in the interior is the magnificent Romanesque baldachin above the high altar.
baldaquin baldachino (ˌbɔːldəˈkiːnəʊ)
- a richly ornamented silk and gold brocade
- a canopy of fabric or stone over an altar, shrine, or throne in a Christian church or carried in Christian religious processions over an object of veneration
Old English baldekin, from Italian baldacchino, literally: stuff from Baghdad, from Baldacco Baghdad, noted for its brocades
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